I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these novels and the last one was no different to the last in that factor. It was a whirlwind of a read with some definite high points. I don’t want to spoil any of the novel, and you should definitely go and read this for yourselves. However, here are some of the high points:
Uzas – The Night Lord struggling with Khorne comes through with some excellent insight and character development.
Lucoryphus risking his butt to save a tech adept on the outside of the ship.
Cyrion’s sharp wit and one line quips are as good as ever.
Variel being his glorious self.
Talos trying to be something he isn’t and not doing a bad job of it.
The writing is spot on as always, which made the reading a pleasure. The development of the characters and setting is engaging and of course the world setting is very familiar too. The last part of the book is tough on the feels but the ending is worth it.
I mentioned in a post about a month back that I had made a Kill Team. Today, I managed to finished the first miniature in the Kill Team! The miniatures I managed to acquire for cheap at a warboot – I didn’t want to have to buy new models or spend a fortune on them so I counted myself lucky when I saw some Night Lords lurking about on some stall looking a bit sad and in need of a new home to terrorize.
All of them had been converted out of various bits and thrown together. They had also been undercoated but were in need of a bit of mould line removed and cleaning up as well. This was done easily enough, and since the Night Lords are where I go when I want to show off, or try new things, it has taken me a while to finish the miniature.
Shraivok Tar is the boss of the Team. I’ve not really worked out a back story for any of the miniatures, other than names as yet, except one guy (who is a bit of a gimmick but we won’t hold that against him.). I do plan to do so when there is a thirteenth hour in the day and I have some time to do so.
For now, enjoy this glorious murderer and hope that plenty of glory will come his way, when I eventually get around to playing Kill Team…
There is a lot of freehand on these miniatures, none of the symbols are done with decals, as I am not a fan of using them. I’m pleased with how they turned out. I am also pleased with the heads he is holding. They look suitably horrid. The miniature has a purity seal on it, which I didn’t want to remove. I put some Nostramon runes on it instead.
The non-metallic brass needs some work I think, the dark looks alright, the bright looks alright but I think it needs some more mid tones. Something to work on with the next guy!
Today was the day! I took both Abaddon and the Brood Lord, Night Lord combo in to Games Workshop for the public voting part of Everchosen. I placed the miniatures in the store at about half 10. Voting wasn’t until 1 however, so after a chat with some pals, I went for a walk around.
When I returned, it was voting time! I wasn’t able to vote in the categories I had entered, but I was able to do so in the Young Bloods. It is always hard choosing the best, as I know the time and effort that goes into painting a miniature. Each one of the youngsters spent a great deal of both and it really showed. I did managed to get some pictures, though I am unsure how clear they are:
The worst part was the waiting. I hate waiting at the best of times.
When the results came in, I found I had done well. The Night Lord/Brood Lord combo came third in the Open Category, which considering it was made of miniatures I had painted about six months ago and was put together on a whim, I was really pleased with.
Abaddon in the Everchosen category, by a margin of one (1) point, came second. Something I am thrilled with. I’ve only been painting to this high a level for about a year now and it was the first time I have ever tried Non-Metallic Metals. I learned a great deal doing both miniatures and am very proud of my results. For the end to be that close as well makes me all the more pleased.
Now, I need to think about what crazy thing I am going to work on next, between the commissions I have and the Kill Team I am part way through painting!
Blood Reaver is part two of the Night Lords Trilogy, and it has taken me longer to read that I wanted it to. This is not because of the book being terrible, but because of my own time constraints.
I was more than happy to pick up the tale of Talos and ‘friends’ once more and find out about there misadventures. This time, they found themselves at the dubious mercy of Huron Blackheart and his cronies. I am not going into detail about the story itself because I want you to go and read it for yourselves. You should do so, and here is why.
Characters! In this novel there are some fresh, new character to get your teeth into and some old flames back to haunt us. Talos, First Claw and the rest of the Night Lords from the first book are back and in full flow. Bickering and sniping at one another to the point of becoming murderous continues to thrill the reader, but leaves enough room for empathy. Even the character of the Exalted – or Vandred as he was formerly known prior to his possession – offers some choice moments within the story. Added to the violent mix is Variel, an apothecary who belongs to the Red Corsairs, also known as The Flayer, is a new face who is chillingly great. His cold, ruthless and detatched demeanour only adds to the story and the role he plays leaves the reader guessing to the very end.
Alongside the Space Marines is the mortal crew. The new additions are a brilliant foil for those that already exist and the development of the interwoven relationships between them all is well written and feels natural, rather than forced.
As always, ADB’s writing is a delight to read. I am not usually a fan of reading void combat, however the end of this novel, which featured such had me gripped and reading until the small hours just to find out what happened and who survived. Those that did not survive had my eyes prickling. That I was able to connect to the humblest of characters within the novel says a great deal about how the book is put together. The action pacing is perfect, making me need to know what happened.
Go and read this novel, it is a whirlwind and worthy of your time!
I have spent this week working on the base of a diorama I plan to enter for the Everchosen Open category at the end of the month. I doubt this entry will get very far, but for me, the challenge of converting and building this miniature and the base, was motivation enough.
The idea was to have a Night Lord jumping on a Broodlord’s head and stabbing it with lightning claws. The miniatures I already had painted as they were going to be part of the diorama for Golden Demon that didn’t get finished. The challenge with them now was going to be fititng them onto a smaller base and still making it look good.
I went for a round base, and here are the materials I started off with:
I used the cork to build up the centre of the base. The wire brush was good at roughing up the edges so it didn’t look too much like a sheet of cork. I then glued on fine gravel to give the entire base some texture.
I still wasn’t happy with the cork, so I used texture paint to cover it. I wanted it to match the texture of the ground.
After leaving it to dry completely, I undercoated it black. I then had to attach the broodlord to the base, so out came the greenstuff. I used that to create rock up around his feet and the sculpting tools to make it look as much like rock as I could!
I didn’t like it 24 hours later, so I covered it in sand to see if I could get the textures to match – happily, it worked!
I then undercoated it black. After it had dried. I painted the whole base dryad bark and then washed it with Nuln oil. I then spent a good deal of time drybrushing different shades of brown over the base. I aimed for a reddish colour, this is how it turned out:
The base was still flat, so I added some burnt tufts of grass, a nurgling and some slime, a ripper and a few spots of blackish-blue blood. Here is the final result:
I have a few projects I want to wrok on over the next week or so and I thought I would lay them out here so I have a bit of focus and a list to wrok through.
Not new Nagash, I love that mini and have it in a box somewhere, but I have always wanted the old Nagash. My first ever miniatures were undead, in about 1997, but I never had the opportunity to have old Nagash. So when I was presented with him, I was thrilled. He does however need some work:
His base, and he, will be stripped, reassembled and completely redone – watch this space for this project!
This was a give away prize I did ages ago that I really need to just get on with – I want to start him today.
This is a present for a friend’s birthday. I want to get him done this weekend at least.
This is the other half of Soul Wars and shall be painted for sale. I am not enthused by the miniatures as yet, but I am sure I will find passion for them by the end. I do not think they will be as thrilling as the Night Haunts, but that might be because I love undead things.
The Warp Talons:
I have no idea what to do with these miniatures as yet. I picked them up at the Warboot for a very good price. I have no idea whether to make them Night Lords, or Black Legion, or what I am going to do with them.
And then there are other projects I hvae that need to be finished off, like my Kill Team, the Mini Reaver’s base and maybe even assembling some of the other miniatures that I have kicking about.
Either way, I certainly have a lot to be getting on with!
I like the sound of this game! I get confused and lose interest quickly when it comes to large games of 40K. The amount of rules and things to remember I find overwhelming and hard to follow, it fries my head and I find it hard to follow.
Kill Team is way smaller, if I cannot cope with 100 points of miniatures then I may as well just pack up and go home. So, I made a kill time this evening and have fun naming the miniatures that will be featuring in the Warband I now find myself in charge of.
I went for Night Lords, mainly because they are awesome and I won’t hear another word on that matter. I got to pick twelve characters that I can choose to do missions and cause havoc when we play! Let me introduce you to them:
Kalex – a combat specialist Khorne Berserker type.
Kalash – a demolishions terminator.
Digby – Master of Possession (psyker)
Vel Shoma – a Space Marine.
Shraivok Tar – The Boss, he has a chain sword and is awesome.
Jar Vosk – a Space Marine.
Unus – Cultist Champion
Duo – Cultist Gunner
Tres – Cultist Gunner
Quattuor – Cultist
Quinque – Cultist
Sex – Cultist
In true Night Lord fashion, the cultists are named after the latin numbers; originality and thought into naming them did not occur to their dark masters…
Not all of them have miniatures yet, that will change over the next few days and weeks when I get time to work on personal projects. In the mean time, here is Digby again:
Now I just need to name the damned band, which is a lot harder than I first thought
Today, I took a journey to Stockport to Element Games as we had a stall at the Warboot. A carboot sale for wargames. They’re always a good laugh and well worth a visit. As a regular attender, it was good to see some familiar faces, sell off some bits and bobs that were never going to get used, and to pick up some bargains. I only grabbed a few as I have a lot to work on already and wanted to resist creating a huge backlog which would soon become overwhelming.
Here’s my loot:
Five Night Lord guys who will become part of my Kill Team.
Ten Raptors who might well end up being Night Lords as well – not sure what I am going to do with them as yet
The Mounted Kreig Commissar who was a limited edition miniature and is no longer available. He will be painted and sold.
So, my weekly to do list looks a bit like this:
Build, undercoat and paint Soul Wars and the commissar above.
Finish painting Ahriman and Mini Reaver.
Finish painting and sell the Trollblood Gargantuan
Sort through the boxes in the studio and see what they are.
I finished the Night Lord Captain! I am most pleased with this mini and want to show him off. While I was painting him, I tried out a couple of new techniques I have picked up while browsing the internet.
The first one was a tutorial on Pinterest of all places and involved the jump pack jet. It focused on where the light should be to create a glowing effect, which I think came off rather nicely:
The other was the shading to give his armour a sort of sheen, and to ensure it was coming from one direction. I think I have achieved this to some degree on the finished miniature but again, this is something I am going to keep practicing. I built the colour up using multiple thin laters and all in all, I am pleased with the outcome.
The last thing I added was the lightning. I thinned down some ice blue and with a steady hand and a references picture, I painted it over the dark blue where I thought it would look cool. I believe I succeeded in that.
He also needs a proper name, a task I have entrusted to an expert of the VIIIth. All in all, I am considering this guy done.
I made it no real secret that I liked the Night Lords after reading the first few pages of Soul Hunter on my last post – the bit where one laughed when his friend got shot sold it for me, and if that wasn’t enough, I also read Prince of Crows and got some amused looks when I laughed out loud while I was reading in a coffee shop a few months back.
The Sevatar-off with Office on Twitter was an awesome contest and made me really think about what I want to learn to do with my painting next. I used blending techniques I have never tried before on that mini and I think they turned out really well. The there was the Master of Possession I used to practice lightning on as well.
So, I decided I can’t have just two Night Lords causing issues in the cabinet, I had to get some more. I might even be able to make a Kill Team out of them if I think carefully. Maybe.
The next guy has been given the nickname Gloves. I am using him to refine the blending process on ceramite and try to work out where the light would hit it if it came from a certain angle. I am sure this is a pre-requisite to Non Metallic Metallic painting (NMM) and that is something I want to practice. Here are some shots so far:
I still think the lines are a little sharp and could use more gradual colour changes, but this is me learning how to blend using this method and for a second attempt, I don’t think this is too bad.
I also tried something on his jet pack to make it look like it was glowing. I do think this worked well and I am pleased with it.
I still have a lot of work to go on Gloves, but he is coming along well. I am learning a whole lot from this too, which is the most important thing.
On a side note, I also listened to The Long Night while painting the other day. Sevatar’s voice was hilarious and at first I was put off. It grew on me though, and after listening to that tale, I just want to go and hug the poor fellow, maybe give him a cup of tea… which makes me horribly British.